Camille Paglia insults Democrats, Pimps for talk radio!
Posted by danishova on February 11, 2009
How could Professor Paglia fail to see the exquisite logic and fairness of liberals like Bill Press who think there’s a right-wing conspiracy in Washington to take over the people’s airwaves ? Bill Press Argues:
For years, the Fairness Doctrine prevented such abuse by requiring licensed stations to carry a mix of opinion. However, under pressure from conservatives, President Ronald Reagan’s Federal Communications Commission canceled the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, insisting that in a free market, stations would automatically offer a balance in programming.
That experiment has failed. There is no free market in talk radio today, only an exclusive, tightly held, conservative media conspiracy. The few holders of broadcast licenses have made it clear they will not, on their own, serve the general public. Maybe it’s time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine — and bring competition back to talk radio in Washington and elsewhere.
But Camille Paglia, scolds liberals like Press:
Speaking of talk radio (which I listen to constantly), I remain incredulous that any Democrat who professes liberal values would give a moment’s thought to supporting a return of the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle conservative shows. (My latest manifesto on this subject appeared in my last column.) The failure of liberals to master the vibrant medium of talk radio remains puzzling. To reach the radio audience (whether the topic is sports, politics or car repair), a host must have populist instincts and use the robust common voice. Too many Democrats have become arrogant elitists, speaking down in snide, condescending tones toward tradition-minded middle Americans whom they stereotype as rubes and buffoons. But the bottom line is that government surveillance of the ideological content of talk radio is a shocking first step toward totalitarianism.
Paglia notes that Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who, like Press is lobbying for the resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine, is married to Tom Athans of Air America:
One of the nuggets I’ve gleaned from several radio sources is that Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who has been in the aggressive forefront of the campaign to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, is married to Tom Athans, who works extensively with left-wing radio organizations and was once the executive vice-president of Air America, the liberal radio syndicate that, despite massive publicity from major media, has failed miserably to win a national audience. Stabenow’s outrageous conflict of interest has of course been largely ignored by the prestige press, which should have been demanding that she recuse herself from all political involvement with this issue.
But this is just a distraction! Who cares who Stabenow is married to? Clearly, that is her personal life and not any of our business.
Today Senator Harkin (D) Iowa took Bill Press’ side. Senator Bingaman (D) New Mexico has also argued in its favor as part of a “higher calling” to elevate talk radio. Eventually, more and more Democrats will stand by Bill Press.
How can Camille Paglia be so lowbrow as to listen to talk radio in the first place? Here’s a scary thought – What is she teaching her students? How can she be so close-minded as to not welcome totalitarianism? Someone should speak truth to power, organize a protest at that university she works at, and haul her and her students in to re-education camp.
Doesn’t Paglia realize that talk radio is run by haters who incite people to commit violent acts?
Professor Paglia speaks her mind on this topic on the Mark Simone Show/WABC-AM